When you’re inside your home, comfortable and quiet, enjoying the hum of the day, the last thing you want is a loud and intrusive noise to come into your home. Your home is where you allow yourself to drop all the defenses and reestablish that calm equilibrium that the noise of the outside world tends to throw off. If you value that quality in your home, it’s a good idea to look into soundproofing it. It may seem like a bit of a stretch of an idea, but it really isn’t that difficult.
Sure, it takes some time and attention, but once you get it done, the payoff is massive. Here are some smart and stylish ways to soundproof your home.
Acoustic panels are what they use in music studios to keep the sound contained in one spot. If you or your partner like to work out of the basement, then you’re familiar with the sounds of drills and hammers, and what have you. Installing acoustic panels to soundproof the basement ceiling, reduces the impact of the waves so that it becomes low and dull thud—if you can even hear it at all. Another great place to place it is around a kid’s room. If they’re practicing an instrument like the drums or guitar, a good set of acoustic paneling can keep that noise locked in like a charm.
Rug and carpet
When it comes to soundproofing, you don’t need to create a total sound vacuum. The idea is not for the place to be totally silent. The idea is to minimize intrusive sounds to create a more welcoming atmosphere. You can do this inside your home by simply adding some carpeting and rugs. The thumping of feet on the hardwood and the click of shoes on tile is enough to make anyone want to make some adjustments. But aside from getting everyone to take their shoes off (a viable option), have some wonderful rugs strategically placed where there’s the most noise and/or foot traffic. This will most likely be in the kitchen and the foyer area.
Most houses really cheaply made doors. This is what you’re hearing when you notice the panels vibrate every time the garbage truck comes by. It’s usually the windows or the doors. Changing out your door can offer a multitude of benefits, including a more solid, secure barrier. A solid door does not rattle the way a cheap hollow one does. It stays put. Also, you can customize the door to your liking. You can add a lot of curb appeal to a new and stylish door. The multiple functions as a simple addition like that can offer is astounding. Furthermore, it’s probably the least expensive addition, there is to reduce the noise in your home.
When it comes to your ears and your comfort, spare no expense. Noise pollution is a modern issue that robs people of a clear and sound head. Yes, some people say that they thrive in that kind of environment, and that may be true. But the value of being able to quiet everything—your mind included, means that you can face the day with even more gusto and certainty when you’ve finally and adequately recharged.